Thoughts from Pastor Travis: Sowing and Reaping

As we are going through Dave Ramsey’s study, Financial Peace University, I thought I might spend a few weeks talking about money during Sunday morning’s sermons too.  I can feel your excitement all the way through the Interweb...  A good text to start with will be 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (and maybe 6-10 for good measure).
But today I was thinking about the idea of sowing & reaping.  “You reap what you sow” is what we usually say.  Take a look at 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.  Sowing & reaping isn’t as common of a metaphor for Americans as it once was, but for us in the West that still plant gardens or work in agriculture, it works just fine.  What you plant is what you will grow & harvest.  Hopefully, you will harvest more than you plant (that’s why I don’t garden anymore), and the more you plant the more your harvest will be multiplied. 
In the case of 2 Corinthians 9, Paul seems to be applying this principle to money (or resources in general).  In a crude sort of way, it sounds like capitalism.  Invest money & you’ll get more money back.  But that’s not really what he’s saying.  Paul is inviting us to invest our money, resources, & selves into others, into those in need, and into Kingdom-building work.  Then God promises a blessing in our harvest.  That harvest may or may not be material (This isn’t some sort of magic output box or Heavenly 401(k).  Verse 10 promises us an enlarges harvest of righteousness.  Treasures in heaven.  So Paul’s point is that generosity is a trait that helps us be more like Jesus.
But think about how we apply this metaphor in America.  We easily substitute “money” for “seed”.  We plant money & wait for our harvest of money.  But “American Consumer” is a poor substitute for “farmer”.  We tend to consume everything that comes our way as fast as we can.  Rarely do we invest our resources (money or otherwise) into other people, because we don’t think we have any to spare.  It’s kind of like a farmer that starts eating his seed on the way out to the field, and when he gets there he has nothing to plant!  The wise farmer knows how to set aside what he needs for planting first, and he only consumes what is extra.  He always knows that he more he can plant, the more he can harvest next time!
So what if we learned to have a farmer’s mindset with our resources, instead of a consumer’s mindset?  What if we invested first in others and in Kingdom-building, & trusted that God would supply our every need?  Changing how we view our resources might change the harvest we receive as well!
See you Sunday!
Pastor Travis
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